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Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

The general election is just four weeks away and voters are beginning to feel the pressure. California voters specifically will have a number of major decisions to make concerning issues in their state on Nov. 8. Seventeen new propositions are on the ballot this year and range from death penalty pr...

California suffering from teacher shortage

California suffering from teacher shortage

Maira Sanchez,
Contributor

September 21, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

California has experienced a teacher shortage for the better part of a decade, as schools struggle to lure new talent into a profession that isn’t viewed as lucrative, and as cost of living continues to rise statewide. Since 2013, California has the highest student-teacher ratio in the nation at 24:1...

California bill ‘promises’ college degrees

California bill ‘promises’ college degrees

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

August 25, 2016


Filed under Metro

Earning a college degree has typically been thought of as a four-year endeavor, but that’s become more myth than truth in recent years: A six-year education is more of a reality. On Tuesday, the California Assembly approved a bill known as the “California Promise,” an initiative that aims to...

Author David Downs’ guide to getting lit

Author David Downs’ guide to getting lit

Wendy Medina,
Copy Editor

August 24, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Journalist and author David Downs has been at the heart of the weed whirlwind that has swept California for decades. His latest book, “The Medical Marijuana Guidebook,” which focuses on medical research, plant to human biology, business how-to guidance and medical marijuana policy, deb...

California schools diversify curriculum

California schools diversify curriculum

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 27, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Lessons about the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans and people with disabilities will be added to California public school curriculum, beginning with second grade textbooks. On July 14, the California State Board of Education, which has 11 members, voted unanimously...

California to vote on $2 cigarette tax

California to vote on $2 cigarette tax

Wendy Medina,
Copy Editor

July 20, 2016


Filed under Metro

A $2.87 tax on a pack of smokes could be in California’s near future. As of June 30, the “Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Amendment,” officially became eligible for the November ballot, which aims to wean people off of smoking by almost tripling the tax on cigarette and tobacco...

Governor Brown signs budget, gun bills

Governor Brown signs budget, gun bills

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for California Gov. Jerry Brown, in his attempt to make the state “financially secure and safer.” On June 27 Gov. Brown signed the 2016-2017 state budget, which has increased to nearly $170.8 billion from just over $167.5 billion in 2015-2016, according to the...

Ley de California le clava aguijas a los niños

Ley de California le clava aguijas a los niños

Kali Persall,
Jefe de Redacción

July 13, 2016


Filed under Spanish

Vacunarse o no vacunarse: Esa es la pregunta del año. La ley, temida por los padres en contra de las vacunas en todo el estado durante casi dos años, acaba de entrar en rigor, y es aterradora. El 30 de junio, California se convirtió oficialmente en el estado numero 18 en prohibirle a los padres...

California law needles kids

California law needles kids

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: That is the question of the year. The law that anti-vaccine parents across the state have been dreading for almost two years just went into effect, and it’s terrifying. On June 30, California officially became the third state to prohibit parents from exempting t...

The right to die: California law grants patients end of life options

The right to die: California law grants patients end of life options

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

June 29, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

In Oct. 2015, California voters passed the End of Life Option Act that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law. That law went into effect on June 9, which grants terminally ill California residents the option to end their own lives. California joins Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington as the fifth state t...

Clinton’s big win in California: Why were the polls so wrong?

Clinton’s big win in California: Why were the polls so wrong?

Aaron Kinney,
East Bay Times

June 9, 2016


Filed under Metro, Politics, Showcase

A trio of polls showed a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in California, but by early Wednesday morning it was clear Clinton, who claimed the Democratic nomination Tuesday night at a rally in New York, would roll to a resounding victory over the Vermont senator. The question, as daw...

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Politics

Classic rock plays in the background as Von and Drake Hougo discuss campaign strategy in the dining room and garage of their home in Santa Clarita, which doubles as a “campaign headquarters.”  The father-son duo works morning and night in between Drake’s school and track practice and Von’s ...

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